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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Mond...



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This is the full 3-20-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, voices from the Ukrainian Left as they fight Russia’s imperialist aggression. #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Ukraine, Russia, Putin, war, peace, Social Movement,...
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This is the full 11-1-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. There have been several recent cases of police brutality in Chicago that have lead to protests. From the case of Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson, who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Oct. 12, 2014. The police department has so far refused to release to the public dash cam video of the shooting. To the case of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, mostly in the back, by a Chicago police...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 3-22-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Solidarity in the time of COVID-19 and "social distancing". This will be the theme explored on tonight's and future episodes of Labor Express Radio for the foreseeable future. It starts with tonight's program which features interviews with Chicago labor and immigrants rights activist Isaac Silver about the launching of the Facebook group, People's Coronavirus Response, which grew from a network of 2 to 10,000,...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Mexico, COVID19, COVID-19,...
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This is the full 6-5-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted entirely to a conversation I had earlier today with long time labor activist, author and fellow Pilsen resident Joe Allen.  Joe’s most recent book, The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service, is a look at the history of one of America’s most well known companies from the pointview of it workers.  The book is curently available as an ebook...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Allen, UPS, Teamsters
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Ai-Jen Poo of Domestic Workers United (DWU) announces the creation of a national coalition of domestic worker’s organizations at the USSF. This is one of the most powerful labor speeches I have ever heard. Ai-Jen talks about the domestic workers movement as providing new spirit and direction to the entire working class movement. DWU and the other domestic worker organizations represent some of the best labor organizing going on today.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
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This is the full 1-24-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In the last few weeks fear in the undocumented immigrant community in the U.S. has reached new heights, as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the agency known for many years as the INS, has launched a new series of immigration raids around the country, landing dozens of young single mothers and their children in deportation proceedings.  These new raids are targeting recent Central Americans immigrants whose asylum...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, immigration, ICE, raids, Supreme Court,...
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This is the full 1-17-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This Monday’s episode of Labor Express Radio guest producer Dorian Breuer takes a look at the 1919 Seattle General Strike and it relevance to today's labor movement. The 1919 Seattle General Strike is an excellent historical example of the sort of direct action discussed on the 12-20-10 episode of Labor Express. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 5-8-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  May Day 2022 in Chicago and around the world. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org and our homepage on Archive.org at: http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio Labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, May Day, International Workers Day, LabourStart, Fred...
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This is the full 1-19-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  John Ocampo, union organizer with UE (United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America) and member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) and US Labor Against the War (USLAW) reports back from a recent labor delegation to Colombia.  Colombia is currently experiencing the most significant wave of street protests the nation has seen in decades with Colombians fed up with the right wing...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Colombia, Latin America, Human Rights, Neoliberalism, John...
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This is the full 1-30-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Arise Chicago Workers Center discusses Chicago’s new domestic worker rights ordinance.  The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lightfoot reach an agreement on a safe return plan, but short of what the Union wanted.  And working people’s loss of faith in public institutions in the United States.   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, CPS,...
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This is the full 5-22-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Warehouse Workers for Justice releases a new Good Jobs & Clean Air study which examines the impact of warehouses in Will County and alternatives for the future.  Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh murdered by the IDF in the Occupied Territories.  And new book by Robin Alexander of the UE entitled International Solidarity in Action on the UE, FAT relationship. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestine, Israel, occupied...
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This is the full 6-28-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Universal Basic Income (UBI), great solution to help alleviate some of the worst problems of our economy whose time has come or distraction from real solutions to the crisis we face? And what is up with the proposed Chicago UBI pilot project? A conversation with Ameya Pawar, former Chicago alderman and Fellow at the Open Society Foundations & Economic Security Project.  Pawar...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Stacy...
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This is the full 4-17-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, a historic union election victory at Staten Island Amazon warehouse and union election victory at Soho REI store in NYC!  Are we in a period of possible labor movement resurgence?   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Amazon, REI, Starbucks, WTTW, IBEW Local 1220
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This is the full 5-17-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we hear voices from a memorial vigil held at the Haymarket monument in Downtown Chicago last Saturday to honor the memory of Farzad Kamangar who was executed by the Iranian government on May 9th. Farzad Kamangar was an Iranian Kurd, a teacher, a human rights activist and a member of the Teachers' Union of Kurdistan. He was sentence to death in 2008 for his opposition to the theocratic regime in Iran. The...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 8-12-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio first we will hear about the protests held outside the ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council conference held here in Chicago last week.  We’ll hear about why thousands were out in the streets of Chicago letting ALEC know they were not welcome in Chicago. Later in the program will hear about the effort to prevent Casa Aztlan, a community center in the Pilsen...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Casa Aztlan, ALEC
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This is the full 5-24-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we’ll hear about the Chicago Teachers Union election which was held last Friday. With five candidates in the race, no candidate was able to reach the 50% mark meaning that the two top vote getters, Marilyn Stewart, the incumbent and Karen Lewis of CORE, a reform caucus in the union, will square off once again on June 11th in a second round of elections. You will hear interviews with both Stewart &...
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Greg Shotwell is a GM worker, a member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) organization within the UAW. SOS seeks to end the concessionary cooperation with management that typifies the UAW leadership in recent years and to stem the decline of wages, working conditions and benefits for auto workers by pushing for a militant fight back strategy against the boss. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Shotwell about the 2007...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 5-5-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, nurses at Stroger hospital, members of NNU, protest hospital administrators refusal to follow CDC guidelines, putting employees and patients at risk.* Moises Zavala and Eric Basir are back. This time Moises is talking about organizing in the cannabis industry and Eric is discussing his own battle with COVID-19 and with his employer, the CTA, over testing and sick leave. And Marianela...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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This is the full 1-4-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of our interview with C.J. Hawking & Steven Ashby about their new book Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement: C.J. Hawking is a United Methodist pastor and the executive director of Arise Chicago a faith based worker justice organization. Steven Ashby is an associate clinical professor in the Chicago Labor Education Program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois....
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This is the full 2-22-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we take a look at CORE, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, a reform caucus within The Chicago Teachers Union. CORE has grown tremendously in the past couple years, from a handful of teacher union activists, fed up with the seeming unwillingness of the teacher’s union leadership to fight Renaissance 2010, the plan to privatize a large number of Chicago’s public schools, to potentially the largest...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 6-26-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, excerpts of presentations from Labor Notes 2022, including voices from the organizing victories at Amazon and Starbucks and a speech on the state of the class struggle in the U.S. by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes 2022, Labor Notes, Bernie Sanders, Amazon,...
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This is the full 6-13-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio teachers at Urban Prep Charter school win their two-day strike while teachers at EPIC Charter school are fired and students are harassed by management for supporting them.  Also, Illinois has no clean energy law this legislative session because of the influence of the Prairie State Coal plant, one of the nation’s worst polluters and Warehouse Workers for Justice goes after...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, working class, organized labor, teachers, charter schools,...
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This is the full 5-17-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we highlight the work of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage and their Workers Center, especially their mutual aid efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.  Cristobal Cavazos explains the history of the organization, the unique role of workers centers in the labor movement, and how they can organize to support workers during this crisis.  He describes several recent victories including the two...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Cristobal Cavazos, Immigrant...
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This is the full 7-8-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio includes updates on a couple issues we have been covering on the program over the past couple months. First, on June 27th the U.S. Supreme Court finally announced their decision in the Janus Case and as we all expected the decision eliminated the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share fees from the workers they represent.  It is a devastating blow to the labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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This is the full 3-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, I rebroadcast an interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus I originally broadcast on the Oct. 7th, 2018 episode of Labor Express.  The interview discusses the concept of Universal Basic Income or UBI. The idea of providing every citizen a subsistence income not tied to work. The reason I have chosen to rebroadcast the interview tonight is that in early February, The Chicago Resilient...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, Oakland, California, Universal Basic...
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This is the full 4-1-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In Pilsen, a working class, Mexican immigrant on Chicago’s Southside, Metro Bank has been foreclosing on several apartment buildings and has been attempting to evict the building’s tenants.  But little did Metro Bank know that at least two of their tenants were seasoned activists and members of the IWW (The Industrial Workers of the World).  And like good Wobblies, these tenants didn’t simple mourn the banks attempts to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, NALACC, Oscar Chacon, IWW, evictions
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This is the full 8-23-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express Radio we’ll hear about a strike currently underway in Franklin Park, a Suburb near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Many of the workers at Ex-Cell Metal Products have worked their more than 20 years and yet the still make barely above minimum wage. Now management wants the workers to pay much higher rate for their health insurance. We’ll also hear about a Lock-Out in the Southern...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-24-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Shailly Gupta Barnes of the Poor People’s Campaign discusses their new study, Waking the Sleeping Giant: Poor and Low-Income Voters in the 2020 Elections.   We also discuss STRIKETOBER!  The strike wave sweeping the nation. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, voting rights, low income voters, Poor People’s...
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This is the full 7-17-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, part 2 of our excerpts of presentations from Labor Notes 2022, including the voices of powerful leaders in the labor movement like Sara Nelson of the Flight Attendants Union, Marcia Howard of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Nolan Tabb of Unite All Workers for Democracy and Chicago’s very own Stacy Davis Gates, who now takes over as president of the CTU. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes 2022, Labor Notes, strikes, Sara Nelson, Nolan...
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This is the full 9-28-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the current financial crisis and the collapse of neo-liberal economics with Jonathan Tasini, Executive Director of the Labor Research Association (LRA). Established in 1927, Labor Research Association is a New York City-based labor advocacy organization. Jonathan Tasini, is a labor movement journalist, author, researcher and activist. He served as the president of the National Writers Union for over...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Labor Research Association, Jonathan Tasini,...
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This is the full 10-11-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we turn to an issue that we have neglected for far too long.  On Oct. 5th, it was announced that the 12 negotiating nations had reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP.  In the same week, WikiLeaks released a portion of the secretive trade pact to the public and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reversed herself and declared her opposition to the TPP.  All of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, free trade, Jack Rasmus,...
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This is the full 8-31-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program will hear from a group of striking workers on Chicago Southside. In May workers at SK Hand Tools, members of Teamsters Local 743, found out that for a month, their company had cut off their health care benefits, without informing them. Now many of the workers find themselves saddled with massive health care bills for services they thought were covered. The company’s refusal to bargain with workers over...
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This is the full 11-23-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express reflects on the meaning of President Elect Barack Obamaâs election victory for the labor movement with Chicago Jobs With Justice Executive Director James Thindwa. A long time labor activist and community organizer in Chicago - especially in poor, African-American working class communities on Chicagoâs Southside - who is also an African immigrant, Thindwa offers a unique perspective on what Obamaâs election...
Topics: Barack Obama, James Thindwa, labor, workers, Chicago, justice, Jobs With Justice, unions, labor...
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This is the full 5-27-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we will bring you audio from the historic three day march organized by the Chicago Teachers Union, May 18th, 19th and 20th, to fight school closings in Chicago.  We will also air audio from the teacher’s union about the unfortunately also historic announcement by Chicago Public Schools that they are moving ahead with the closing of 50 public schools in Chicago, the largest...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, students, schools, Bangladesh
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This is the full 12-14-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Republic Windows & Doors workers WIN! Only 6 days after under taking the first factory occupation in the United States since the late 1930’s, the workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago defeat both Republic management and Bank of America, winning the severance package they were due under federal law. The action of the workers at Republic was international news within days of the worker’s decision to occupy...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Republic, Bank of America, bailout, occupation,...
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This is the full 9-19-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Bill Samuel, director of government affairs at the AFL-CIO talks about the status of the PRO-Act and Luis Feliz Leon, staff writer and organizer with Labor Notes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Ida on the NYC working class. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, AFL-CIO, PRO-Act, Bill Samuel, Hurricane Ida, Luis Feliz...
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This is the full 12-5-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Jonah Furman of Labor Notes discusses the victory of striking workers at John Deere and what they won in their new contract.  Jonah also talks about the new contracts or TAs for IATSE members and workers for Kaiser, as well as the overall state of labor struggle in this unique period.  Later in the program, voices from the picket lines of striking workers for Kaiser...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 2-16-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On tonight's Labor Express, we continue to remember the life and legacy of James Thindwa. First, James colleague from struggles at both Jobs with Justice (JWJ) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and friend of 16 years, Carlos Fernandez offers his reflections on his years of working with James. In the second half of the program, another archive interview with James. This one from November of 2008 focusing on James'...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, James Thindwa, Carlos Fernandez, Barack Obama, elections,...
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This is the full 5-6-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope all of our listeners had a celebratory and energizing May Day this year.  We are going to need that renewed energy as the working class is facing some very difficult battles on the horizon.  Today’s program being the first since this years May Day which was of course last Tuesday, we will feature audio captured from around the country on May 1st.  Like the weather and unlike the time clock we will start once again...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, May Day, May 1st, International...
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This is the full 8-14-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, as the world turns it attention to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero Brazil, we take a look at recent political developments in that nation and the working class efforts to fight back against a right turn in Brazil and across the continent. When the Workers Party or PT won the parliamentary elections in Brazil in 2002, Brazil was at the lead of what would become a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brazil, Worker's Party, PT, impeachment, Luiz Inácio Lula...
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Community members speak out as part of IBEW Local 21's campaign on Comcast.
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This is the full 1-13-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
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This is the full 11-25-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Mark Meinster of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks about the 1-888-Dignidad hotline and their strategy to fight the use of no-match letters by employers to intimidate immigrant workers.
Topics: UE, United Electrical Workers, Mark Meinster, labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing,...
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 10-14-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode Gregg Shotwell - GM worker, member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS)- and Jerry Tucker - former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) and co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, critique the new contracts between the UAW, and the big three U.S. auto companies. Both see the new contracts as a disaster for the industrial working class in the...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 8-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program, we take a look at several on-going strikes in the Chicago area.  First from our friends at Labor Beat TV we will hear about the workers of Sloan Valve in Franklin Park, members of United Steelworkers Local 7999 who have been on strike now since May.  Labor Beat attended a rally by the workers last week and we have audio for you from that rally. After that, more from our friends at Labor Beat.  They...
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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
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This is the full 1-18-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of a 2 part look at the labor news of 2009 and Labor Express Radio's coverage of it. In this part we cover... The fight to protect public education in Chicago and the rise of CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators). The struggle against the coup in Honduras. The new democracy movement in Iran. The AFL-CIO convention and the change in leadership of the federation. Part 1 aired on 1-11-10. This episode also includes a...
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This is the full 4-5-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express we’ll hear from the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, about revitalized efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on the epidemic of wage theft which afflicts millions of workers around the country every year. From Ieri of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) will receive a report back from the massive immigrants rights march held in Washington D.C. on March 21st. Some...
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On 3-12-11 the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)organized a meeting at the Madison Labor Temple in Madison Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of a general strike in Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker's stripping public sector workers of most of their bargaining rights. Some of the speakers have been edited out as they asked that their comments not be aired in public. The audience dialog session that followed the speeches was also not recorded.
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Gerald Lenoir of the The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), talks about immigrant rights as part of the larger struggle for racial justice at the Immigrant Rights Press Conference at the USSF (United States Social Forum).
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
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This is the full June 15th, 2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part I of my interview with Mark Brenner of Labor Notes on the 2008 SEIU convention in Puerto Rico. The convention gave a growing reform caucus within the union an opportunity to challenge the direction the union has taken in recent years under the leadership of Andy Stern. Reformers argue that business unionism has increasingly replaced the social movement orientation of the union. They point to a decrease in union...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, SEIU, Puerto Rico, FMPR, SAPAC, guest worker,...
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This is the full 1-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Audio from a rally and march held in downtown Chicago by Public Workers United, a new coalition of public sector workers and their community allies. They held a march on MLK day looking specifically at the state of public transit in Chicago. Later in the program will here about a call for a boycott of Bissel products issued by a coalition of churches in the Joliet area. They announced the boycott at an MLK Day event in Joliet....
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This is the full 10-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today’s episode of Labor Express could be called class struggles in France. Around the globe, the ruling class is utilizing the current economic crisis to erode gains made by the working class over a century of struggle. But in at least one place, the workers are fighting back on a grand scale. French workers are legendary for their militancy and the French are living up to their reputation with nearly two months of rolling...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 7-1-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a group of labor activists, from a variety of organizations including SEIU, Arise Chicago workers center, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Workers United, UE and United Students Against Sweatshops, who gathered at three area Wal-Mart and Gap stores on Saturday to demand these companies sign on to the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, Wal-Mart, GAP
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This is the full 2-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. A few weeks ago, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for so called, comprehensive immigration reform.  Here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  Latinos were disappointed with Obama’s first term, given his broken promise to enact immigration reform.  However, the outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino vote played a major...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants
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This is the full 2-8-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Includes an Interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. Rasmus is a Professor of economics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is also an advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council Economic Crisis Committee and has written a 20 point economic recovery program proposal, 18 points of which have been adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council and which is now being...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, stimulus, economy, recession, Obama,...
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This is the full 4-11-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. While the great labor uprising of 2011, may be receiving less mainstream news coverage as of late, the labor protests across the country are far from fading away. Last week some tens of thousands of people took part in one of the hundreds of pro-labor rallies, marches and other actions held from coast to coast. The events kicked of on Monday, April 4th, the 43rd anniversary of MLK assassination in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was...
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This is the full 4-19-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we continue to look at how the labor and other social movements are responding to the coronavirus crisis.  The COVID-19 crisis is sparking worker's self-activity in a way not seen in generations. How are unions responding to this exciting development? Along with the theme of social solidarity in the time of physical distancing, this theme of the rise of grassroots working-class...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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This is the full 8-18-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This second episode in our series looking at the political transformation that swept Chicago this year features audio captured at the Chicago People’s Inaugural held at the Chicago Teachers' Union Hall on June 29th.  It includes speeches made by five of the six aldermen that make up the new socialist caucus on the Chicago City Council. It also includes a presentation of many of the major issues facing the city and the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, socialists,...
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This is the full 9-5-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we examine the Trumka years of the AFL-CIO and reflect on the legacy of the late Richard Trumka - from miner to trade union leader and eventually President of the nation’s largest labor federation.  Our guests are Steven Ashby, professor in the Chicago Labor Education Program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Kim...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, Pittston strike, UMWA, United...
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Interview with Tom Shepherd of the Pullman Civic Organization about the historical importance of the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago and plans to celebrate Labor Day 2008 in Pullman. The celebration is sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization, Illinois Labor History Society, Bronzeville/Chicago Black History Society, Illinois AFL/CIO, Calumet Heritage Partnership, Historic Pullman Foundation, Chicago Metro History Project, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, The State of Illinois...
Topics: labor, pullman, worker, union, chicago, history, debs, randolph
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This is the full 2-28-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we remember Karen Lewis, former President of the Chicago Teachers Union, with audio from the Labor Beat TV and the Labor Express Radio archives.  Karen passed away Feb. 7th.  She leaves a tremendous legacy of a union transformed from one that had made concessions in contract after contract to union that won two historic strikes, and became a model for other unions around the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, schools, Chicago...
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In this interview with Scott Houldieson, Vice President of UAW Local 551*, 30 year production worker at the Ford assembly plant on the far Southside of Chicago and long-time union reform activist, Scott talks about the importance of the UAW strike at GM and its outcome to the fate of the industrial working class in the United States.  In particular, we discuss issues like multi-tier wage and benefit structures that were implemented in the auto plants during the Great Recession and which have...
Topics: GM, UAW, United Auto Workers, Union, worker, justice, labor, strike
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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Los Angeles 5th grade teacher Charles Stam talks about the successful 6 day strike by LA teachers, members of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles).  The interview took place on the 6th and final day of the strike at a massive rally in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Charles discusses a number of things including the widespread public support for the strike and the importance of the strike to the nationwide effort to defend public education against funding cuts, disinvestment and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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This is the full 11-7-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, STRIKETOBER becomes STRIKEVEMBER or STRIKESGIVING!  The 2021 wave of strikes continues, but is it a “strike wave”.  We hear from multiple labor commentators, organizers and Kellogg’s strikers. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 12-13-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) host their own Medicare4All campaign relaunch, shortly after NNU’s kickoff.  The relaunch event includes Chicago nurse Dennis Kosuth, NNU and CTU member.  Then the CTU hosts a discussion of rising teacher union militancy nationwide.  And UE releases a booklet entitled “Them and Us Unionism”. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, nurses, COVID-19, National Nurses United, Medicare4All,...
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This is the full 4-17-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio I bring you audio from the 2016 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a number of things.  It is a monthly magazine that highlights the most progressive, the most militant efforts underway today to rebuild and revitalize the labor movement in this country.  It is also an organization that builds networks of like minded labor activists and militants around the country and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes, teachers, UTLA, United Teachers of Los...
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Labor Express For 11-16-09
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This is the full 2-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express as promised, we continue our look at the likely challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the U.S, Labor Movement in the coming year.  2018 will likely be another very difficult year for the U.S. working class so I have reached out to a few long time friends of Labor Express to discuss what we are facing in the next 11 months and beyond.   In the second half of the program, we will...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, economy, unemployment, NAFTA, Honduras, schools, teachers,...
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This is the full 2-8-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we bring you part 2 of our look at the crisis in Haiti following the destruction wrought by the Jan. 12th earthquake that struck the Island. On last week’s program were aired the first part of an interview with local Haitian expatriate and activist Lionel Jean Baptiste. In that interview we discussed the 200 year history of relations between the U.S. and Haiti and how for the most part, that relationship...
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This is the full 1-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our first program of 2007, the episode takes a look at the top labor news stories of 2006. This is part 2 of a end of the year news review. Part 1 aired 12-31-06. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM on Chicago's independent community radio station, WLUW.
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, immigrant, elections, CIW, rights, miners